Al Reinert, who has won national awards for his work as a newspaper and magazine journalist, documentary filmmaker, and feature film screenwriter, visits with Thorne Dreyer; and singer-songwriter Sima Cunningham performs live on the show. Reinert's 1989 documentary film about the Apollo space program, For All Mankind, won the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award. He received a second Oscar nomination as a screenwriter on the feature film, Apollo 13 . Reinert started out as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle, has been published in Rolling Stone, Esquire, and The New York Times Magazine, and has been a contributing editor to Texas Monthly since the 1970s. He also served as Press Secretary to Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson. Reinert just moved back to Texas from Los Angeles, where he was working in the film industry. He spent time in Japan where he adapted Final Fantasy, the world's best-selling video game, into a movie. Al recently produced a documentary film, An Unreal Dream, seen on CNN, about Michael Morton, who spent 25 years in a Texas prison after being wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife.
Sima Cunningham, who performs live on the show, is a blues-rock inspired singer-songwriter and activist based in Chicago. Music critic Jim Derogatis heralded Cunningham as "an incredibly powerful and self-assured performer, with a smoky, sexy voice." She was in Austin for SXSW.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Apprentice: Ioannis Gatsiounis. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 56:12.